An open air, offline, outdoors SpokenWord Monday July 6th in Paris. Simultaneously there’s Spoken World Online in cyberspace. AWOL writers’ workshop online every Sunday.

This info last updated July 4th 2020. 

And we’re back! with an open air, outdoors, offline SpokenWord on Monday 6th July. Gather at the Chat Noir 8pm, then we’ll leave for a secret outdoor location nearby at 8.45pm. And the poetry begins at 9pm.

We’re also continuing an online SpokenWord – called Spoken World Online Monday 6th July. A Zoom link will be posted below nearer the time. Or sign up to the email list to receive it by email. Doors open 8pm Paris time, poetry begins at 8.30pm.

AWOL online writers’ workshop is now running 6.30pm – 8.30pm every Sunday. Virtual room opens at 6pm. If it’s your first time and you want to submit your written prose or poetry for feedback please arrive no later than 6.15. Preferred file format is PDF. Here’s the link to join.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

SpokenWord
Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Themes
Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.

AWOL writers’ workshop

AWOL is now online. See above.

AWOL usually takes place every Sunday evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm and in happier times was at the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Now it’s online. Check AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.

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An outdoor, open air SpokenWord in Paris this Monday. And a simultaneous Spoken World Online in cyberspace

And we’re back!
with an outdoor SpokenWord in Paris.

Gather at the Chat Noir from 8pm on Monday 6th July.
At 8.45pm we’ll set off for a secret open air, outdoors location nearby.
At 9pm the poetry starts!

Chat Noir address – 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Metro Parmentier or Couronnes.

The exact location of the SpokenWord will be posted here and here closer to the time.

Meanwhile in cyberspace…

Spoken World Online continues – theme: Stillness
An online Spoken Word for these strange times.
Now hosted by David Leo Sirois.
Sign up from 8pm.
Poetics begin 8.30pm
The link to join is this one.

Cheers all,
David Barnes
Organiser

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Sharon Mesmer to Guest at Spoken World Online June 29th–Monday’s Theme: Healing

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Sharon Mesmer‘s most recent poetry collection, Greetings from My Girlie Place (Bloof Books) was one of Entropy’s ”Best of 2015.” Her other collections are Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo,2008), The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose, 2008), and Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998). A chapbook, Vertigo Seeks Affinities, was published by Belladonna Press in 2006. Four poems appear in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (second edition). She has also published several collections of short fiction, including Ma Vie á Yonago (Hachette, in French, 2005). She has had essays in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Paris Review and the Brooklyn Rail. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches literature and creative writing at NYU and the New School.
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Jeffrey “Big Homey” Banks to Guest at Spoken World Online June 29th–Monday’s Theme: Healing

104730080_10158569632248216_1872824160113520495_oJeffrey Banks is poetically known as “Big Homey”. He’s worked with notable people such as the late Fred “Rerun” Berry of What’s Happening!, Stellar Award-Winning Gospel Singer Maurette Brown Clark, GRAMMY-Nominated Soul Singer and Television Star Syleena Johnson, 2000 Olympic Gold-Winning NBA Legend Allan Houston, New Jack City Actor & Singer Christopher Williams, Gospel Trailblazer Dr. Bobby Jones and others. He’s been featured in national media such as ESSENCE Magazine, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, Radio-One Inc., the CBS Early Show and BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine. Big Homey’s album, Exposed-The EP, is the poetic testimonial of the trials & victories of a Christian Believer. He’s had the opportunity to perform across the USA and has done numerous engagements on East Coast college campuses. He’s a nationally-recognized event planner who was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” American Meeting Planners of 2013 by Rejuvenate Magazine. He has been a grant writer since 2008 and has been awarded numerous grants. He was a 2018 finalist in Day Eight’s DC Poetry Project and is currently continuing a collaborative relationship with grants each party was awarded from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. He’s been published in short-run anthologies in conjunction with DC Public Libraries (2009) and the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2019). Most recently, he’s been a contributing writer to the online publication, DC Theatre Scene..
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Dominique Christina to Guest at Spoken World Online Monday June 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Blood

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Dominique Christina is an award-winning writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds five national poetry slam titles in the three years she competed, including the 2014 & 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently the only person to have won two Women of the World Poetry Championships. She is also the 2013 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion (NUPIC), and 2013 Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion. She is presently an actor/writer for the HBO series High Maintenance Season 2 and does branding for Under Armour’s #UnlikeAny campaign. Dominique Christina has performed and conducted workshops for hundreds of colleges/universities, schools, community art spaces, nonprofit organizations, and conferences across the country. She has opened for Cornel West, appeared in Season 3 of Verses and Flow on TV One, performed for the Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till families at the Shiloh Baptist Church, and was a keynote speaker at the Emerging Women Conference, TedxMSU Denver, the LOHAS Conference, and was invited to China to perform her poetry in Chengdu. Dominique’s fourth manuscript “Anarcha Speaks” won the National Poetry Series 2017 She is published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Published Books: The Bones, The Breaking The Balm: A Colored Girl’s Hymnal (Penmanship Books NY 2014), They Are All Me (Swimming With Elephants Publishing 2015), This is Woman’s Work (SoundsTrue Publishing Oct 2015). (Presently writing a Young Adult Book for Random House/Knopf Publishing).
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Jose Padua to Guest at Spoken World Online June 15th–Monday’s Theme: Growing Pains

JP_Self-Portrait_IMG_20190726_152900_658Jose Padua’s first full length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins as the winner of the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as BombSalon.comBeloit Poetry JournalExquisite CorpseAnother Chicago MagazineUnbearablesCrimes of the Beats, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and others. He has written features and reviews for SalonThe WeeklingsNYPress, Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times, and has read his work at Lollapalooza, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Living Theater, the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and many other venues. He was a featured reader at the 2012 Split This Rock poetry festival and won the New Guard Review’s 2014 Knightville Poetry Prize. After spending the past ten years with his wife (the poet Heather L. Davis) and children in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he and his family are back in his hometown, Washington DC. His poetry and essays appear regularly at Vox Populi (voxpopulisphere.com) and he writes the blog Shenandoah Breakdown (shenandoahbreakdown.wordpress.com/).

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Spoken World Online 8th June features the première of ”Coldhearts, a poetical”

A special event combining the usual spoken word open mic with the première of the short film Coldhearts, a poetical.

Coldhearts is the world’s first ever Poetical – like a musical but where poetry drives the feel, flow, color and chemistry of the film. It was shot in Paris last year and this will be the first ever screening.

Watch the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z_ftvjHrUM

For the spoken word open mic there will be 2 rounds – one before the film and one after – & the theme will be cold hearts.

8pm Zoom room opens, sign up for open mic
8.30pm Spoken word open mic (round 1) on Zoom
9.30pm Watch Coldhearts première on the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCcTTdB9KNcU6–oy9hLbDA
You can also post comments on YouTube.
10pm Back to the Zoom room for discussion of the film including responses to comments.
10.20pm-10.30pm Spoken word open mic round 2 starts on Zoom
(All times are Paris times)

So pour yourself a glass of wine if that’s your thing
and join us to read or listen to the poetry and to watch the film.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Spoken World Online starts at 9pm tonight June 1st, (not the usual 8.30pm). Guest poet Arielle Cottingham, theme Storms.

9pm start for Spoken World Online tonight.
(Not the usual 8.30pm.)
Sign up possible beforehand by emailing spokenwordparis@gmail.com
Theme – Storms Guest poet – Arielle Cottingham
Please help us by spreading the word!
Apologies for the late change.

— David Barnes (Organiser)

Arielle bioTexas-born Afro-Latinx performance artist, dancer, and Pushcart-nominated poet Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a degree in theatre and an Australian Poetry Slam Championship under their belt, they explore the interplay between the word and the body, merging elements of dance and physical theater with written poetry to create multidisciplinary short works they have toured through the US, Australia, and Southeast Asia, from the mamaks of Kuala Lumpur to the Sydney Opera House. Their work has been published in BOOTH, Pressure Gauge Press, About Place Journal, and elsewhere, and their first collection, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry.
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Constant L.Williams to Guest at Spoken World Online May 25th–Monday’s Theme: Scars Poetica

79506999_2759200957475818_6280718358421700608_oConstant L. Williams is a Los Angeles-born poet and former resident of Paris, France, where his writing first came of age. He studied creative writing at the University of Southern California where he received the Beau J. Boudreaux Poetry Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The American Journal of Poetry, december magazine, Papalota Negra and others. For more information please visit constant-williams.com
 
 
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Michael Rothenberg to Guest at Spoken World Online May 18th–Monday’s Theme: Worlds Apart

_V4I0244Michael Rothenberg is co-founder of the non-profit 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), a 501(c)3, and the “Read A Poem To A Child” initiative. He is also co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c)3, assisting poets in crisis. His books of poetry include Unhurried Vision (University of New Mexico Press),  Man/Woman (a collaboration with Joanne Kyger), The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Inc.), Murder (Paper Press), and Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016). Drawing The Shade was published in 2016 by Dos Madres Press, and Wake Up and Dream was published in 2017 by MadHat Press. His book Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in 2013 by Ekstasis Editions (Victoria, B.C., Canada),  in a Spanish/English edition by Varasek Ediciones, Madrid, Spain in 2017, and most recently in an Arabic edition translated by El Habib Louai and published in Cairo, Egypt by Arwiqa Publishers in 2020.  His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Books Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Ed Dorn. He is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press. Rothenberg currently lives on in Tallahassee, Florida where he is Florida State University Libraries Poet in Residence.

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Lisa Pasold to Guest at Spoken World Online May 11th–Monday’s Theme: Stars

Lisa Pasold, photo by Louis Maistros CHAIR REMOVED AND CROPPED2Lisa Pasold is currently sheltering in place in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a storyteller, journalist, and poet. Lisa’s 2012 poetry book, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. Lisa’s poetry has appeared in magazines such as The Atlanta Review, The Los Angeles Review, Fence and New American Writing.  @lisapasold
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